posted on Jul, 17 2014 @ 10:25 AM
From the "You Just Can't Make This S# Up" department:
Former Panamanian dictator and all around terrible person, Manuel Noriega, is suing video game maker Activision Blizzard, claiming his portrayal in
Call of Duty: Black Ops II
has done harm to his reputation!
From the article that appeared yesterday on CNN.com
added by me):
Noriega -- convicted of drug trafficking, money laundering and killing political opponents -- is serving out a prison sentence in Panama,
where he was extradited in 2011.
He argues in the lawsuit that his portrayal "as a kidnapper, murderer and enemy of the state" in the 2012 video game damaged his reputation. The
company used his image and name in order to make money, the lawsuit says, therefore he's entitled to a share of the profits.
"Plaintiff was portrayed as an antagonist as the culprit of numerous fictional heinous crimes, creating the false impression that defendants are
authorized to use plaintiff's image and likeness," the lawsuit says.
In 2012, the company said "Call of Duty: Black Ops II" had netted more than $1 billion in sales worldwide in its first months on the market.
The video game includes historical footage and several real-life characters in Cold War scenarios, including Oliver North.
But while North did his own voice over for the game and acted as an adviser, Noriega said in Tuesday's lawsuit that he wasn't consulted -- or
compensated -- for the use of his likeness.
He's lucky that he's still drawing breath! I guess it should be expected though as nobody ever became a ruthless dictator without grandes
and a seriously distorted view of himself.